A CV has just come through our website and the candidate has followed up with an email.

Now you are perfectly entitled to take all references of age off your CV. When some employers favour older managers, some favour younger and a sizeable minority are quite relaxed about how old you are, so long as you can do the job, I see no reason why you need to include it in any case. Although that discussion was not what prompted this blog.

Because this CV had jobs running from the year 2000, no dates for education or qualifications, so they could probably have been born anytime from 1940 to 1980. And it really doesn’t matter to me when that was.

Except I looked at their email address, listed in their CV as joebloggs1959@gmail.com (names have been changed to protect the innocent). I am no Sherlock Holmes, but I am now pretty certain that Joe was born before 1960 and after 1958.

Now of course he could have been born at 7:59 in the evening, but I suspect that is not why he chose 1959.

It’s amazing how easy it is to overlook the blindingly obvious, isn’t it?

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